Thursday, April 06, 2017

"Gestures and Facture" by Tomas Co is at Copper Country Community Arts Center through Apr. 29

Sculpture by Tomas Co, part of the exhibit, "Gestures and Facture," now in the Kerredge Gallery, Copper Country Community Arts Center, through Apr. 29. A reception and gallery talk will be held on Thursday, Apr. 13. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Center presents "Gestures and Facture," recent work by Hancock artist and Michigan Tech faculty member Tomas Co in the Kerredge Gallery from April 6-29.

A public reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Refreshments will be served.

Co's recent work includes sculpture in stone and bronze as well as sumi-e (black ink) paintings.

In his statement about this body of work Co says, "I found that gestures in the sculptures and gestural strokes in paintings provide an interesting, raw tension between the hidden and the exposed, both within the subject and within the artist. Moreover, based on the facture (or manufacture) of the pieces, all the ingredients -- the materials, texture, weight and time -- allow different approaches for the artist to communicate and negotiate with the physical world in the attempt to extract the invisible. My personal struggle is to find a place in which the banal, pretentious and clich├ęd constructs in my works (and there are plenty) are balanced with enough honesty, raw (even primal) aesthetics and personal attachments to make the art still worthwhile to make."

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 482-2333 or visit the Center's website.

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